He started by pulling up on people, and kept pulling up. But just on people. People big and small. He has just recently started pulling up on furniture. Cribs, tables, couches. He hasn't yet discovered that he can pull up on bookcases, though he has discovered the books themselves. He has tried out the laundry basket (nearly empty, not a pretty picture), and the basket of his toys (also not a pretty sight).
Pumpkin's side of the room. I know, there's an empty spot in the collage. I had to reprint and it's just come in.
I'm such a happy boy when I'm doing what mommy doesn't want me to do :)
We're planning on starting our school year on August 27th and working for 34 weeks, finishing on or about July 12th. We school year round, taking a week off every 4 weeks or so. 2 weeks at Christmas and Holy Week/Easter. This year we have a family vacation planned to the Smokey Mountains to see fall leaves. We school 4 days a week, taking Wednesday off. This works extremely well for us. It allows time to get work done, but a day for shopping, errands, doctor's visits, household projects, etc.
A few years ago, I got an idea off a blog about planning a school year with Post-It's. I thought about it, and it just seemed like a really good idea. I only had 2 students at the time, and it worked great! The world has gotten more complicated :)
I have columns for each child on each day (Monday for each, Tuesday, etc). In years past I've put the kids down the side and the days across the top. Down the side are the times. Each Post-It has the subject written on it.
This year when I went to plan, I was going to just lay out the Post-It's on the desk. I finally got it cleaned off and it's big enough :) But hubby was going to work on schedules for work and I didn't want him to mess it up to be in his way. In looking around for another way to do it, I found a board that is going to be used for another purpose. Perfect!
I was planning on making a household schedule after I got the school schedule done, but everything just started flowing. So, I let it flow around the school schedule :)
The Plan... (do you hear God laughing???)
The Professor ~ 4th grade (though he's doing mostly 5th grade work)
Math ~ Math U See level Epsilon. The focus is fractions.
Religion ~ Faith and Life 4
reread of Baltimore Catechism 1
Stories of the Saints and celebrating the Liturgical year Catholic Tales for Boys and Girls More Catholic Tales Rare Catholic Stories
Science ~ Finish Physics
Exploring Creation with Anatomy & Notebooking Journal (I'm really excited about this program.)
We ordered the lab kit from Rainbow Resources so doing the experiments should be a lot of fun. There are a lot of supplies called for in this program. I'm also thinking about getting models of the heart, the eye, and the ear.
World History ~ Connecting with History book 2 63 BC to 1066 AD. He'll be working at the Grammar
level, reading lots of books and completing several projects.
American History ~ We'll be covering the 1600's and 1700's. I have 5 units planned:
American Government~ this is a brief overview of how our government works. I'm going to tie it in with
the upcoming election.
The Colonists~ The Pilgrims as well as the other colonies that have settled here.
Colonies ~ how the colonies were established.
The Revolutionary War
The Constitution ~ The conventions, writing, the signers.
Velcro Boy ~ 2nd grade Math ~ Math U See level Beta Religion ~ Faith and Life 2 Baltimore Catechism 0 Celebrating the Liturgical year and Stories of the Saints Devotional Stories for Little Folks & Devotional Stories Too We'll also be preparing for First Communion, so I'm sure there'll be some projects :) Science ~ Behold & See 2. We've been using the Exploring Creation series with The Professor, but I don't think it will hold Velcro Boy's interest. In reviewing this, I think it's just perfect. I'll also supplement with other books and we'll be dong the experiments. World History ~ Connecting with History book 2, he'll be doing the Beginner level. American History ~ same as The Professor, just with books geared to his level. Geography ~ Same and above, just doing a sticker book instead of a scrapbook and cooking projects! Phonics ~ Reading Eggs Writing with Ease ~ also level 1 Spelling ~ All About Spelling level 1 Art ~ Art Pac 1 various projects I have around the house Doodlebug ~ Kindergarten (like the Professor, this kid is too smart) Lucky little Doodlebug gets to walk the Alphabet Path (again)!!!! I say again, because he tagged along when Velcro Boy walked it 2 years ago. It's going to be so much fun (and work) and fun, but so worth it! Math ~ Math U See Primer. Since he already has a good grasp on the work in this level, I'm sure he'll fly through and move on to Alpha. Religion ~ with Velcro Boy Science ~ with Velcro Boy and alphabet themed reading World History ~ with Velcro Boy American History ~ with Velcro Boy (Doodlebug loves to read, so there's no getting rid of him when a book is out) Geography ~ with Velcro Boy Phonics ~ Reading Eggs Handwriting ~ Catholic Heritage Handwriting level K Art ~ Glitter letters projects coloring pages (saints, virtues, and alphabet) Alphabet Path ~ a new letter every week or so a Mrs. Applebee story An Alphabet of Catholic Saints My ABC Bible Verses different animals and topics each week based on the alphabet letter we're covering several kitchen projects Pumpkin ~ learning to walk learning to talk learning to climb stairs learning to dress himself learning to feed himself learning to handle a cup learning not to eat the books!
(a week ago) I'll spare you the "where did the time go" rant that has become such a part of my life. I guess it comes from having my two oldest have birthdays and having a (quickly) growing baby at the same time. To say nothing of the 4 year old that seems to have grown up overnight.
Since we had the party 2 weeks ago, no cake today, but he did have some presents from my parents to open...
Lego walkie talkies (unfortunately they don't work well - constant static on one unit. We're working with the company to get it replaced)
"spy watch". Tells the time in 100 (or maybe just 9) time zones.
Boys and their trucks :)
And the Professor's new cut (though he could use another by now, sigh)
When God sent me the blessing we refer to as The Professor and Velcro Boy, he also send me a challenge. He sent them 2 years and 10 days apart. Given that their birthdays are so close and hubby's limited availability on weekends, we have a family party for them together. Did I also mention that hubby's birthday is 6 days after Velcro Boy's birthday?
We had their party a bit early this year due to scheduling difficulties. They each wanted a different theme this year. Last year they agreed on one theme. The Professor wanted a Formula One theme and Velcro Boy wanted dirt. So, we compromised :)
I mentioned hubby's birthday... If you look closely, he managed to take off a wheel, knocking out some candy. This was one stubborn pinata!
Hmmm...what can I buy?
OOHH, I have one too.
Amazon wraps and gift tags gifts!
He's already putting his Snap Circuits away :)
The "Dirt cake". Oreo cookie crust, chocolate pudding, whipped cream and Oreo topping. Yummy!